The Great Secular Debate Continues – More Letters in The Courier

Sir, – David Robertson (October 7) says “secular society” denies human rights.

Does he think that non-secular ones, such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, respect these?Secularism means separation of religion and state powers, with neither of these able to control the other.

The Free Church of Scotland was founded by people who disliked the cosy relationship between the Church of Scotland and Government. They were then secularists.

Christians, through most of their history, have been intolerant of those who disagreed with them and deniers of human rights.The Church of Scotland insisted on the execution of James Aikenhead for saying the Bible is fiction.

David Strauss, whose later book made the same claim, was dismissed from his professorship and not allowed to work again. The Pilgrim Fathers in the US persecuted Quakers.

Until the 19th Century, British Roman Catholics were prohibited from practising their faith in the UK.Only 25 years ago the…

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